Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai was in the middle of his speech during a hearing on net neutrality Thursday when he was interrupted by security responding to a bomb threat.
“I am being advised by security that we are going to have to take a break,” Pai calmly told the audience. Soon after, a security guard could be heard loudly advising everyone in the room — both the Commissioners and the public visitors — to exit and leave their belongings in the federal agency chambers.
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An advisor to one of the Commissioners told The Daily Caller News Foundation that there was a specific bomb threat. Another senior official in the room said someone called into the office and said a briefcase was set to explode.
The Commissioners and the audience were eventually allowed back in after Federal Protective Services surveilled the area and situation.
A bomb threat occurring right during the middle of Pai’s testimony is not surprising as public intrigue around the issue of net neutrality has become so intense that many incensed people have resorted to vile, racist actions. (RELATED: Net Neutrality Activists Tied To Violent Groups, Convicted Al-Qaida Terrorist)
Pai eventually continued his speech explaining why he believes repealing internet regulations imposed under the Obama administration is a good idea.
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